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good morning, america. i'm bianna golodryga. >> and i'm dan harris. good morning. it is saturday, january 8th. and this morning, target homeland security. another package bursts into flames at a d.c. postal facility. this one addressed to the homeland security secretary. it comes a day after two similar letters ignited in baltimore. and investigators are now looking for more. big drop. unemployment hits its lowest level in 16 months, despite fewer new jobs created than expected. so, the big question, just where are the jobs? triple threat. three, winter storms making their way across the country today. a huge one in the south is going to bring snow and ice from texas to the carolinas, as a deep freeze moves into much of the
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country. and mystery of the birds. more birds fall from the sky in italy, after thousands die mysteriously here in the u.s. has this phenomenon now gone global? we were just talking about dodging the bullet with the snowstorm that really didn't amount to much snow in the northeast. >> it felt like people got excited about not much. >> right. another, round two. the mayor's ready. city plows are ready. didn't get much here. but the weather is about to get much worse for the country. we're watching three storms. the biggest one in the south, where it could bring as much as six inches of snow. a lot of ice. and the coldest air of the winter is about to blast the western and central states. with temperatures 20 to 30 degrees below normal. it is winter.
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but that's something we haven't seen in a while. >> triple threat hitting the country right now. new developments this morning into the investigation of a mysterious death of a former white house and pentagon aide, whose body was found in a landfill in maryland. police are hoping some brand-new surveillance video of jack wheeler's final hours will help them solve what is a baffling case. we're going to have the latest on that, coming up. also, later in the half hour, a story inspired by bianna's recent trip to japan. >> i was there for only 48 hours. but i came back a changed person. we think we're high-tech savvy here with ipads and little gizmos and 3d tvs. but we're really way behind other parts of the world. how about toilets that talk? that's what i saw in japan. >> and they're heated, right? >> they're heated. very plush. and paying at vending machines with your cell phones. can you imagine doing that? computer-programmed cars. it's all out there. it's not really here yet. we're going to tell you about it. >> i'm looking forward to that. a lot of video of toilet seats there. we're going to begin with the package which was addressed to the head of homeland security, that ignited in a washington, d.c. postal
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facility, just two days -- just one day, rather, after two similar scares in maryland. our pierre thomas is in d.c. this morning with the latest. pierre, good morning to you. >> reporter: hi, dan. today, they're hoping to get things back to normal at this postal facility. these devices may have been small. but i can tell you, they caused a lot of concern. a new, suspicious package sent authorities scrambling to a postal facility in washington, d.c. >> the package had been described as popping, smoking. and with a brief flash of fire. and then, it extinguished itself. >> reporter: sources tell abc news, the package was addressed to homeland security secretary janet napolitano. the sources suspect that the person who sent similar devices to maryland government on thursday is behind this attack. that suspect appears angry at the government. especially about homeland security's efforts to increase public awareness about terrorism. a message was contained in the packages sent to maryland. it said, report suspicious activity, total bull.
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you have created a self-fulfilling prophecy. that's believed to be a reference to road signs throughout the state of maryland. the letter at the washington postal facility was found friday afternoon. mail facilities throughout the region are on high alert. >> even though we live in the greatest democracy in the world and the safest nation in the world by any respect, we are still vulnerable to dastardly acts like this. it's an absolutely, cowardly, reprehensible act. >> reporter: dan, everyone is hoping, including the mayor, that these packages stop coming. but they fear there could be more. >> right. they're hoping. but there's still fears. how worried are they at this point? >> reporter: well, the sources are telling me that this suspect appears to want to maim and scare and not to kill. but this is terrorism vandalism. obviously, they want to get this person as soon as they can. >> pierre, thank you for your reporting this morning. we appreciate it. now, over to bianna. >> now, to those new job numbers.
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employers added 103,000 jobs in december. less than expected. but the unemployment rate dropped from 9.8% to 9.4%. that's the biggest 1-month drop in more than 12 years. it seems like good news. but part of that may be attributed to people simply not looking for work in december, since it's traditionally a tough month to get hired. some bright spots in the report, the increased gains in hospitality and leisurely industries. meaning that people are finally spending more at restaurants and on vacations. overall this past year saw more than 1 million jobs added. good, but not good enough. there have been a total of 7.2 million jobs lost since december of 2007. and if job growth were to continue at the same rate it did in december, it would take more than four years to get down to 6% unemployment. the president, for his part, remains hopeful that this growth will continue. >> we know these numbers can bounce around from month-to-month.
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but the trend is clear. we saw 12-straight months of private sector job growth. that's the first time that's been true since 2006. and joining me now to talk about all of this, michael santoli, an associate editor at barron's. good morning. >> good morning. >> so, walk me through the report. we saw the unemployment rate declined to 9.4%. people were surprised by that but number. but only 103,000 jobs added. which number should we pay closer attention to? >> probably the number of jobs added. that gets revised in subsequent months. the household survey, have you been working? have you looked for work? that feeds into the unemployment rate. the actual number of jobs have from a survey of employers. that one's usually more reliable. and the prior two months, we had an upward revision in the number of jobs created. >> roughly around 70,000 jobs. but economists have been expecting the stronger numbers than this. many were saying we were at the precipice of what's going to be an increase every month in job
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creation. does that still hold now? >> well, it should still hold based on the leading indicators of what leads it to job growth. it was a disappointment. we have seen a declining trend in weekly unemployment claims. we have seen a steep decline in announced layoffs. we have big, profitable corporations. yet, they still have not quite made that move to hire aggressively right now. i still think we're going to accelerate in terms of job growth. but maybe not as dramatically as needed. or dramatically enough that it will feel as if jobs are plentiful. >> there seems to be a disconnect between corporate profits and wall street and what we're actually seeing in jobs availability. the number that surprised and characterized the situation right now, is the fact that 44% of americans have been out of work for six months or longer. the longer they're out of work, they're lose their skill set. a lot of jobs will be unavailable, just not coming back now. so, is education a key factor in getting people the new jobs of
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the future? >> it is. that kind of so-called structural unemployment, the long-term unemployed is really the key challenge for the economy. the unemployment rate among people with a bachelors degree is 5%. roughly half the unemployment rate with those with just a high school degree. clearly, education is a major factor. i'm not sure there's a quick fix. by the way, of the public sector jobs lost last month, 7,000 of them were teachers. so, it's not as if the economy is sort of reoriented itself toward education. but in general, we have to have the workforce adapted, retrained and reorient itself toward the growing areas of the economy. >> all right, michael. thank you for coming in this morning. appreciate it. dan? >> thank you, bianna and michael. so, what do the new numbers mean for the president who is less than two years away from the end of his term? and what about this new chief economic adviser he just appointed? abc news political analyst, cokie roberts, is in washington, this morning to talk about that side of the story.
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cokie, good morning and thanks for coming on. >> hi, dan. >> we looked at the numbers. and no president has won re-election with the unemployment higher than 7.2%. that was ronald reagan back in 1984. how optimistic should the white house be this morning, given that president obama is sounding reasonably optimistic? >> well, you just heard him say that the trend is all good. and he says the same thing in his radio address today later. but, look. he knows the same numbers you just cited. and everything is about jobs now. i mean, this last election was about jobs. and the next election will be about jobs. and president's got to get more people working if he expects to be re-elected. and he knows that. so, he's out touting what he's done so far, the big tax package in december, which has breaks for businesses, as well as individuals not having to pay payroll taxes right now. so, i think that, you know, he's going to keep talking up jobs, jobs, jobs. but there's got to be action. >> right. a lot of work left to do. and he's retooling his economic
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team. he brought in this gentleman, gene sperling, as his top economic adviser. what do we know about mr. sperling? and does it signal any kind of genuine shift on the part of the obama white house? >> gene sperling is the energizer bunny. he was here during the clinton administration in the same job. you will hear from him a lot. he will be working all the time. and i think that the congress knows him well. he has, of course, also ties with business. and so, i think that you're seeing a lot more of the white house looking to show that the president is friendly with the business community and not hostile to it. the irony there is that a lot of people in the democratic base, think he's been too friendly to business. whereas republicans and people in the business community think he hasn't been friendly enough. and republicans have a role to play here, too. the real question, dan, is what role will it be? do they really want to see jobs increase?
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or are they looking at those same figures used by this earlier and saying, well, if we keep the unemployment rate up, that means we won't see the president re-elected. and that's something they're eager to see him defeated. >> right. in many ways that may be the big political story of the next few years. cokie, such a pleasure to have you on on a saturday morning. thanks for coming in. we appreciate it. >> happy to be with you. >> cokie roberts. >> i was going to say, it's funny. she talked about gene the machine, as he's also known. the energizer bunny. a very strong work ethic. >> it doesn't rhyme. but sometimes, we call ron the machine, as well. >> and the man. >> ron claiborne with the news. >> good morning to you, dan and bianna. good morning, everyone. the u.s. is doubling down on aid to pakistan to bolster its fight against terrorists, based on that country's border with afghanistan. "the washington post" reports that pakistan will get more money and increased military and intelligence support, despite the u.s. frustrations that the pakistani government is not doing enough to combat the terrorist groups. vice president biden will travel to pakistan next week to deliver the message to pakistani leaders themselves.
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and defense secretary robert gates leaves for china today. he will meet with military leaders and chinese president, hu jintao. limited relations between the u.s. and chinese militaries were restored late last year. and a suspect is in custody this morning in connection with a brutal murder in new york's times square. 65-year-old portuguese journalist, carlos castro, was found beaten to death in his room last night. police recovered a 20-year-old model who checked into the hotel with castro. seabra had gone to a nearby hospital for treatment for self-inflicted slash wounds to his wrist. and testimony will resume on monday, into the hearing of the death of michael jackson. damaging evidence against michael jackson's doctor, dr. conrad murray on friday. and the jury will decide if murray will face manslaughter charges for jackson's death.
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and ashleigh banfield has more. >> reporter: murray could face a manslaughter trial. and the evidence so far has been damning. an l.a. county coroner's investigator testifying she found dozens of tubes and vials of powerful drugs inside of jackson's master bedroom. same quote, there were so many vials. they've been put into three, different bags and stuffed on a shelf, high in a wardrobe, inside his walk-in closet. jackson's bodyguards have already testified that they were ordered by dr. murray to stuff drug evidence into similar bags, all before calling 911. the whereabouts of the bags have been a mystery until now. it certainly begs the question, where did all the drugs come from? one witness said she saw 70 different shipments from a pharmacy service in las vegas. all in the three months leading up to michael jackson's death. she is nicole alvarez, conrad murray's girlfriend. she also lives in the apartment where conrad murray was staying, and where those shipments arrived. alvarez says she didn't ask what was in the packages, claiming he would just let me know there was a delivery coming.
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jackson's family have been in court every day, to hear the evidence against the doctor. >> this case is far from over. the defense is simply trying to learn the prosecution's case because the prosecution has to reveal their best hand. >> reporter: for "good morning america," ashleigh banfield, abc news, in los angeles. finally, a dream come true for one of the chilean miners who was trapped in the mine in chile late last year. edison pena visited graceland on friday and sang at elvis' former home. he sang the king's songs to lift the spirits of the 32 other miners trapped underground for 69 days last year. he's been running a marathon, on letterman. i don't think he's going back to the mine. >> probably not. i like his story. >> elvis. we have relieved ron of his weather duties. >> really? >> a great job. want to bring in -- >> i like the personalized forecast you give for newton, massachusetts, every week. >> sorry about that, dan.
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i'm moving on. >> i didn't get much of houston. we brought someone else in. jackie meretsky. joining the crew for the next few weeks. we go back to another network. >> we do. i remember seeing you in the hair and makeup room. and, ron, i've been watching your weather reports. you are a hard act to follow. >> believe me. >> i can just do my best. let's start with the triple threat. one storm system saying the other can act. the big system in the south can certainly do all three. you see there's three areas of low pressure. and notice the big clue is this huge dip in the jetstream. that's going to enable a lot of cold air from canada to come down and blanket most of the country next week in this swath of cold. now, for the northeast, most of the major cities, you've already seen the worst of it. new york city, maybe another inch by the end of the day. philadelphia, possibly another two to four. atlantic city, though. get ready for three to five. this is the area to watch. this is a huge system in the south. a deepening area of low pressure. all of the meteorological
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elements coming together to form what could be a major icing event texas into south carolina. i-25, be careful on the roads. memphis, get ready for up to five inches of snow. that's all a heads-up, by the way. that's a sunday into monday storm. in the northern plains, a lot of snow. up to five inches is expected in colorado, montana. denver, however, you could see a lot more, with up to six inches of snow expected. and as far as the weather is concerned across the country, we're looking at cold air blanketing most of the nation. maybe except for southern california next week. good morning i'm lynette charles. we had one band a little bit earl earl and now getting our second band. you can see some heavier snow in this band and moderate snow as it moves across westminster, dc, towards callson and baltimore. snow cast one to three inches
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through this afternoon. be prepared for that. we have the winter advisory in effect. all right, dan. back to you. >> thanks, jackie. great to have you here. in baltimore this morning, the fbi and police are searching for a teenager, an honor student, who vanished more than a week ago. they're getting increasingly frustrated by the lack of leads and the lack of attention this case is getting. david kerley is on the story. >> reporter: phylicia barnes is bright, attractive. a star student and has been missing now for more than a week and a half. what have you learned? it's been a long time now. >> we've thrown every single tool, trick, machine, widget, we have in our law enforcement tool box. and ten days later, we still have nothing. >> reporter: fbi helicopters have hovered. officers on the ground have searched and found no sign of the 16-year-old. phylicia is a straight-a student. she traveled to baltimore to spend the holiday break with her sister.
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>> what my baby is going through. and how she is probably crying, mommy, help me. and i can't help her. >> reporter: the family traveled from the south to search baltimore. >> our goal is to find our sweet, beautiful sister, daughter, niece, friend. that's what she is to everyone. >> reporter: phylicia was last seen three days after christmas. she posted a note on facebook. she was at her sister's apartment with her sister's boyfriend. police believe she has either been abducted or murdered. there are signs along the highway. but ten days after her disappearance, the case has received little national attention. baltimore has been trying to send out an s.o.s. even the mayor's surprised. >> you see other cases that get attention. other kids that go missing. and it's immediately up on television. and i know there's frustration. >> it makes you wonder. it makes you ask questions why?
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why is this -- where is this dual, double-standard? we should be rallying around this case. america should know about this case. >> reporter: the search for phylicia barnes resumes this morning. for "good morning america," david kerley, abc news, baltimore. now, to the mystery of dying birds. there's been another incident of mass deaths. this time, in italy. is this a global phenomenon? or are we just paying more attention to nature at work? here's matt gutman. >> reporter: they're calling this the aflockalypse. turtle doves falling from the sky. hitting roads and hanging lifeless in trees. it looked like a scene from the hitchcock thriller "the birds." eerily similar to the mass bird kill in louisiana this week, which looked like beebe, arkansas. 3,000 dead birds there. leaving locals confused.
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>> beebe police department. can i help you? >> yes, ma'am. i was wondering why all the birds are just, like, dying. >> we're trying to find that out. >> reporter: mass deaths this week from all across the world. from arkansas to new zealand. each incident, shocking on its own. 100 tons of dead fish in brazil. 40,000 crabs in britain. and just yesterday, this in south carolina. >> smelled by bad seafood. >> reporter: so, what is going on? >> these kinds of incidents of animal dieoffs take place every, single day. in fact, 163 incidents are reported to the federal government every year. >> reporter: so, if these animal deaths are not unusual, what causes them? conspiracy theorists would say ufos, solar flares or secret air force tests. medical professors offer more mundane answers. >> it was new year's eve. it could have been fireworks that frightened the birds. >> reporter: but there may be an invisible hand in all of this. our hand. we're more connected, wired, viral, than in any time in
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history. >> things below radar are now above the radar. everyone is amazed by something that happens every day. >> reporter: for "good morning america," matt gutman, abc news, miami. >> and the mystery continues. coming up on "good morning america," new clues. could new surveillance video of an ex-white house aide help police figure out how he wound up dead? and the high-tech gap. we're going to show you the newest and coolest technologies from around the world. and we're going to ask, why don't we have that stuff here? for three hours a week, i'm a coach. but when i was diagnosed with prostate cancer... i needed a coach. our doctor was great, but with so many tough decisions i felt lost. unitedhealthcare offered us a specially trained rn who helped us weigh and understand all our options. for me cancer was as scary as a fastball is to some of these kids. but my coach had hit that pitch before. turning data into useful answers.
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♪ don't get too excited those are the great gadgets you don't have. gadgets you don't have and you won't see in american homes for a while. we may think we're all that when it comes to technological innovation. but the truth is, we're not keeping up with a lot of other countries around the world. we'll take a look at some of the cool stuff going on around the globe. and talk about why it's not happening here yet. peter and i went on a two-day trip to japan. >> even toilet seats are the sign of an advanced civilization. >> who could ask for more? good morning, america. i'm bianna golodryga. >> i'm dan harris. this is saturday, january 8th. also coming up this morning,
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we've all heard that fluoride are good for our teeth. but it turns out american children may be getting too much of a good thing. the federal government is now going to recommend lowering the amount of fluoride put into drinking water because some kids may be getting overexposed. and it's actually causing problems for their teeth. what do you need to know? we'll talk to an expert, coming up. we're going to hear from a band dan knows all about, jukebox the ghost. we're going to begin with a mystery of the former pentagon official in delaware. police have released new details about what john wheeler was doing in the days before his body was discovered. karen travers is in wilmington, delaware, with the latest details. good morning, karen. >> reporter: good morning, bianna. police are hoping that new surveillance video taken in this area will help them piece together a timeline of jack wheeler's final hours to determine how and where he may have been killed. wheeler's body was found in a wilmington landfill on new year's eve.
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the police are now focusing on an area downtown, the last place he was seen alive. this video from december 29th, shows wheeler looking confused and disoriented. police say late friday, they obtained more surveillance video taken in the same area, the next night. after exiting a building, it shows wheeler walking through a hotel valet parking area and continuing down the street. he was last seen on camera, at 8:42 p.m. heading into the direction of a high-crime area two blocks away. >> the good thing for police, it tightens down the time of where he was. at least at 9:00 at night. >> reporter: police have questioned a wilmington cab driver, whose phone number turned up in wheeler's cell phone. he said he had seen wheeler in that same part of downtown wilmington. but didn't know where he had gotten his phone number. >> i seen him one day. and one day, i see him inside, to that little store in there. that's all i know. >> reporter: despite what police say was his confused and
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incoherent demeanor on december 29th, friends say one day before, he was perfectly lucid, communicating with them on an online forum for west point graduates. >> what really bothers me is the behavior on that tape is so out of character. it just wasn't jack at all. >> reporter: and still more puzzling details. police have recovered wheeler's cell phone in a house that's under construction across the street from his own home. and footprints were found in wheeler's kitchen. police say they appeared to be from work boots. but it was unclear whose. wheeler had a lawsuit pending against his neighbors. he said their new home was blocking his view of a park and the delaware river. police are looking into whether there's a connection that can link to his death. >> such a puzzling story. karen travers, thanks to that. and now, time for the other headlines. and we go to ron claiborne. >> good morning, everyone. in the news, the radical iraqi
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cleric, muqtada al sadr has given his first speech this morning since returning from four years of self-imposed exile in iran. he urged assistance against, quote, our common enemies, the u.s. and britain. and wikileaks says the u.s. government has subpoenaed its twitter account. demanding private details and messages about founder, julian assange. wikileaks says it plans to fight that order. and heavy rains in australia have renewed fears of flooding there. ten people have already died in heavy flooding since november. about 200,000 people have been affected. the waters are expected to crest some time tomorrow. and the iphone is finally coming to verizon wireless, or vice versa. verizon is holding an event in new york city here on tuesday, where it's expected to announce it will begin offering the world's most popular smartphone. that is a quick look at the headlines. now, time for the weather and jackie meretsky. >> thanks so much, ron. we have a major weather system in the northeast. fortunately, e most of the big cities escaped the heavier amounts. but check out this stunning video of what happened in connecticut. this was a fairly heavy band of snow.
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danbury, connecticut, you got up to nine inches of snow. and the big threat were the roads. speaking of roads, let's look at the area of low pressure in the south. this is a major weathermaker. all of the ingredients coming together to form a dangerous mix of snow, freezing rain, ice. and rain deep in the southern part of this system. as far as snow goes, memphis, get ready for three to five inches. and along i-20, you're looking at icy conditions sunday into monday. there's a huge dip in the jetstream. we're going to see a big weather event in the name of cold temperatures. temperatures will be 5 to 20 degrees below the norm. and this is a taste of what's to come. these are current temperatures in the morning. chicago, your city not so pretty at minus five. winter weather advisory until 6:00 p.m. one to three inches maybe more to the north and east.
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the snow is going to make the travel difficult and winds picking up. this weather segment has been brought to you by walgreens. dan, back to you. >> thanks, jackie. for decades, fluoride has been added to the water supply in most of this country to help fight tooth decay. now, for the first time in 50 years, the feds are recommending lowering the level of fluoride in our water. that's because some new studies show that too much fluoride may actually be damaging some children's teeth. let's go to chicago and talk to dr. ian smith. >> good morning, dan. >> thanks for coming in. we appreciate it. so, what is fluoride doing to children's teeth? >> the condition is called fluorosis. it causes tiny streaks. or in more severe cases, it can cause more deeper staining or pitting. that's the enamel becomes very brittle. and it can cause pitting in the teeth. most of the cases, and 41% of
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children between the ages of 12 and 15, who are showing signs of fluorosis. most dentists say the cases are mild. >> if you're a parent hearing about this this morning, you ask yourself, what do i do? so, what do you say to that? >> first of all, understand something. the problem is for children 8 or younger. that's because it's when your permanent teeth are still underneath the gums and they're in their formative stages. here's the key. don't allow your children to brush more than two times a day. typically use only the size of about a pea. that's the amount of toothpaste you need. also, remember, if your child is 2 years or younger, they should not be drinking fluoridated water. or they should also be using toothpaste that has fluoride in it. check with your dentist to make sure. >> there's some risk to adults, right? from fluoride? what's the risk to adults. >> the term is skeletal fluorosis. if you consume too much fluoride in your drinking water, your toothpaste or other mechanisms, if you consume too much, you can
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cause bone fracturing, tenderness or pain. the concern is, over a period of time, consuming too much fluoride can affect your bones. >> fluoride has long been the source of conspiracy theories. put this whole thing in perspective for us. how much should we be worried about our drinking water and the amount of fluoride in it? >> a very, very small worry. very small percentage of people should be concerned about fluoride. it typically occurs in people with high consumption rates. or they live in areas where the natural fluoride in the water system is high. you can find out what the fluoride level is, by going to the cdc.gov website. and looking at the fluoridation levels in your own water. the other part of it is this, dan. 50 years of studies show us that fluoride is essential in reducing tooth decay. we definitely need it. now, we're saying, let's move the upper range. we said 0.7 milligrams per liter to 1.2. now, move the upper range down. and stick to 0.7. that's enough for everyone.
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and reduce the risk of overcontaminating with fluoride. >> dr. ian smith. incredibly useful perspective. we appreciate it. >> thanks, dan. >> the takeaway for kids at home, you still need to brush your teeth. >> just a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. coming up on "good morning america," bianna's story about the great tech race. we'll look at cool technologies being developed around the world. and why america is are running behind when it comes to innovation. and your turn to tell us what's going on. it's "your week in three words," set to a song called "so let us create." stick around for that. >> good song. how important it is to have her medicine in one place. so norma brings all of her prescriptions to walgreens where her pharmacist can watch out for interactions with her over-the-counter medicine. now norma thinks less about her medicine and more about her vacation. tell us what you take just once and we'll check for interactions every time. expertise -- find it everywhere there's a walgreens.
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we americans may think of ourselves as early adapters, on top of the latest and greatest technological innovations with our ipads and our smartphones. but we're actually kind of behind. here's why. from the world's fastest train. to teaching robots. a high-tech toilet seat. in countries across the globe, technology is making it to the mainstream, in many ways, for most americans still seem, well, foreign. >> people all over the world
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know that the only way to gain wealth and to have a better life is through technology. >> reporter: so, we traveled the world to survey the high-tech scene. >> i'm joohee cho in seoul, korea, the world's most-wired city. >> reporter: 95% of households in south korea, have broadband access, compared to just 60% in the u.s. and the latest craze? augmented reality technology. >> see these icons? these are information about the places that i am pointing at. >> reporter: with the app object, you can get instant info on your favorite locations. like hours of operation, menus and daily sales. all through the cameras of a smartphone. >> i'm keiko fujita in tokyo. home to high-speed broadband access. the average connection here is nearly twice as fast as the u.s. >> reporter: like koreans, the japanese use smartphones for
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everything. from making purchases to recording tv shows. >> you have the record button pop up right there. >> reporter: and by the way, the smartphone screen is likely in 3d. >> and it doesn't require any 3d glasses. >> in korea and japan, the governments in each of those countries have made it a point of national policy to improve the quality of the internet. that's something we've never done in the united states. >> reporter: our next stop -- >> i'm lara setrakian in dubai. growing strong here is green technology. >> reporter: nearly completion is a high-tech petri dish called masdar city. the xwir entire community uses driver-free pod cars, controlled by only a computer. >> that's state-of-the-art. they're really pressing ahead with green technology. ahead of everybody else. >> i'm dana hughes in nairobi, kenya. it's the fastest-growing cell phone market in the world.
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>> reporter: digital banking through your cell phone are already used widely here. >> there are digital money on cell phones systems in east africa that are way advanced over what we have here. in east africa, they have very bad banking. whereas, here, we don't need it as badly as they do. >> reporter: and in africa, aps are in, too. check out the icow. it's used by dairy farmers to detect fertility, making milk production more affordable. at home in the states, i decided to iphone a friend, using facetime to video chat. hey, becky. it's bianna. we see so many technologically advanced programs abroad. and people wonder, we're the richest country in the world. why aren't we that advanced? >> the u.s. is so diverse and so big and has such a different business structure, not everyone can afford to have one of these the fancy gadgets. we don't see the deployment of technology quite the levels we do in some of the more advanced countries.
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>> we absolutely need a wake-up call about the pace of interest and commitment to technology that's happening around the world. whereas we take it for granted. >> of course, we want to thank all of our digital reporters from around the world. it all comes down to mobility and that fact that everyone's talking about cell phones really dominating, going forward. they're so much cheaper. everyone can have them, as opposed to having your own pc. it's much more efficient. >> how do i get the cow app? >> i want the driverless pod car. >> tell us more about the toilet there, too. >> you in japan. it's not just me. it's nice to go to the bathroom and have a wonderful toilet seat. >> i agree. coming up on "good morning america," "your week in three words."
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they will not let me live down japanese toilets. just think of the pod cars. that's what we want to take you to break with. >> bye, guys. i'm lynette charles. the snow is coming down outside as we check out maryland most powerful radar. the last time i showed you this radar, it looked like a band. it's starting to break up. snow showers as of now and
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baltimore, glenn bernie and laurel. we are looking at slick roads. a winter weather advisory that is in effect until 6:00 p.m. this evening. that's for all the counties there shaded in the bluish color. we also do have a winter storm warning in effect and that's for care line county and that is until 8:00 p.m. they could get significant snow there. maybe up to 4 inches is possible. as we check out what is going on with the snow pack, accumulations 3 plus, the further to the north and east. cecil county could get in on the edge. see the 2 to 3-inch rain through the eastern shore and harbor county and west of baltimore. that's the 1 to 2-inch range of snowfall. here is the hour by hour as we go throughout the day. lunchtime, temperature 26 degrees. by the time we hit 4:00, we will hit around 31 degrees for
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